Never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord… 2 Timothy 1:12 (MSG)
Love Revolution – Blood and Stories Series – Part 8
Paul wrote to Timothy:
“So never be ashamed of the testimony of our Lord, nor be embarrassed over my imprisonment, but overcome every evil by the revelation of the power of God! He gave us resurrection life and drew us to himself by his holy calling on our lives. And it wasn’t because of any good we have done, but by his divine pleasure and marvelous grace that confirmed our union with the anointed Jesus, even before time began! This truth is now being unveiled by the revelation of the anointed Jesus, our Life-Giver, who has dismantled death, obliterating all its effects on our lives, and has manifested his immortal life in us by the gospel of grace. And he has anointed me as his preacher, his apostle, and his teacher of truth to the nations. The confidence of my calling enables me to overcome every difficulty without shame, for I have an intimate revelation of this God. And my faith in him convinces me that he is more than able to keep all that I’ve placed in his hands safe and secure until the fullness of his appearing.” 2 Timothy 1:8-12 TPT
It’s his testimony – his story. The gift and purpose of The Divine at work in him.
To be unashamed of God doesn’t mean that you have to defensively declare him from the mountain tops, or annoyingly drop his name in every conversation or beat people up with the truth you are so passionately sure of.
To be unashamed of the Gospel is to own what the Divine has done in you and for you. It’s to accept his blessing – his life poured out: his gift of grace and love, and boldly live your life the way only you can.
Unashamedly love your neighbor.
Unashamedly love your enemy.
Unashamedly give when the world tells you to hoard.
Unashamedly stand up for those who have no voice, for the marginalized and misunderstood.
Unashamedly spend your life on what you believe you were made to do.
Be unashamedly uncertain. It’s OK to not know the answers. How could you possibly know them all?
Unashamedly receive the grace freely given to you.
Unashamedly own your past and present, and prepare for the future.
Being unashamed isn’t the same as being egotistically proud. The radical love revolution of Jesus sounds like humility and feels like grace.
The words above that Paul penned to Timothy were private. A letter to his son-like confidant and friend. Just between the two of them. It’s easy to lose sight of the intimacy of this exchange because we can read these verses in gatherings of thousands. But Paul’s words were for Timothy. A private note between brothers, mentor and mentee, even father and son. Consider this when you see those blogs on Facebook or hear your friends talking, or see someone you don’t agree with… and remember that the testimony of your life is that when you were still neck deep in trouble, confusion, and hopelessness, Christ found you and met you there with love, compassion, wisdom and hope. He blessed you; an eternal blood covenant of love. Divine pleasure, marvellous grace.
There’ll be a time and place to tell the details of your testimony and convictions boldly. But your words are made more powerful by the life you live. So let your testimony dwell in the deep place of living.
Evil will be conquered by our willingness to bleed (bless) for each other like Jesus bled for (blessed) us, and the stories and testimonies of the forgiveness and grace found in the sacrifice. I believe, and it's the only thing I'm certain of, that as our flesh and blood lives tell redemptive and gracious stories in real time, the impossible will take place: love will prevail.
Written by Lizzy Milani